Sunday, December 3, 2017

Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos in Town












I nearly overlooked them on my early morning walk as they scavenged for buried pecan nuts in the shade, then I saw movement and heard their loud distinctive wailing calls. Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos! There were about a dozen of them in the shade of the house by the pecan nut tree down by the river! They are quite a large and spectacular native bird, certainly a treat to enjoy them here in town. 💛

 Although I have walked this way several times since, there was not a cockatoo in sight. I'm wondering if they had found all the buried pecans and have moved on in search of other food supplies. I'm grateful to have seen them and caught some photos while they visited and will keep an eye out for them again next year.


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jacaranda Love





















 











There's something breathtaking about trees covered in masses of purple flowers. Mid Spring every year our town erupts into glorious displays of purple as the hundreds of jacaranda trees briefly flower in a magnificent display. Many of the these gracious trees are over 100 years old, with mature trunks and spreading branches attesting to their many years. 

Since 1935 Grafton has celebration this beautiful time of year with the annual Jacaranda Festival, a special time for both locals and tourists. Commencing on the last weekend in October through to the first weekend of November every year, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival is the longest running floral festival in Australia, complete with the crowning of a Jacaranda Queen, Princess and other 'royal' party members.

Many of the photos above were taken at or near See Park, our largest park in town which continues to be a favourite location for tourists and locals like myself who 'play tourist' with cameras at this wonderful time of year. There is also an increasing number of international visitors enjoying out purple streets, with quite a few choosing to have photos taken in their wedding clothes under the jacarandas. This year's street float parade even included a surprise proposal, to the delight of the would-be bride and the crowds.

Most of the jacarandas have almost finished flowering, although some linger longer. Soon these South American trees will be bare as their lush fern-like green leaves grow to provide a feathery green summer shade.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Did You Say PINK?
















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The sun had just risen when I heard a strange noise, and there it was again! I looked to the sky as a huge ballon was edging over the trees and roof tops. I grabbed my camera and snapped away from my front step as those in balloon called out morning greetings and I replied in kind as I waved back. After they were out of sight I quickly hopped in our car and drove in the direction they were going. Only a few blocks away I found they had just landed on one of our local cricket fields. My immediate thoughts were that maybe it was a special promotion for the beginning of our summer cricket season - after all it was a 'Pink Stumps' balloon, sponsored by a cricket related breast cancer foundation - and it landed on our cricket fields on the first day of this season's games! But no - nothing to do with cricket. It was one of a group of balloons, part of a Jacaranda Queen candidate's (Alana Gordon) fundraising event as were the balloons I unexpectedly saw last month. I spoke briefly with Alana's mother who was on this balloon.

This McGrath Foundation balloon is the largest pink balloon in the world with a capacity of 25 adults. I found it fascinating to observe more closely and feel the heat of the burner even when a distance away. I also didn't realise the balloon top was open until I wondered all around when it was on the ground.

As coincidence would have it, our own dainty Jane McGrath rose has been in flower all month. A beautiful, yet hardy rose bred especially for Australian conditions and named in honour of Jane McGrath.

The warm weather and very welcomed spring showers have seen all the countryside turn beautiful shades of green and allow spring flowers to burst into glorious displays. It seems fitting to have a poppy from Miss O's garden beside her 16th birthday cake - an amazing rich and very tasty baked Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust.

Only a little stitching has been happening amongst all of life's happening, yet once more I see a reflection of the colours I am currently surrounded by in nature.

Our town/city has been progressively bursting into masses of magnificent purple Jacaranda flowers. Each day more lovely than the last. Next post I will be filled with purple.....and if you can't wait you can always check my Instagram feed.   :)

PS - On Saturday Alana Gordon (balloon event above) who was crowned Jacaranda Queen for 2017, beginning our town's week long Jacaranda Festival.


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